A disturbing video has hit Chinese social media showing a man using a hunting knife to slit the throat of a wounded kangaroo while his friend looks on in amusement.
In the video, the Chinese-speaking man approaches the kangaroo from behind and stands on its tail before leaning over and slashing its throat no less than 19 times until the animal finally stops crying out in pain and goes limp. Meanwhile, the man’s friend films the execution and laughs.
The video is believed to have been filmed in the Australian bush in the state of New South Wales. It has caught the attention of the local Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who have promised an investigation.
You can watch the footage below, viewer discretion is advised:
While the footage may be brutal, the circumstances of the killing are not clear. Some have guessed that it may have been a mercy killing aimed at putting the wounded animal out of its misery. Though the kangaroo does snarl at the man, it is unable to fend off his attacks or escape before bleeding to death.
However, if the RSPC can prove that the man had malicious intent to make the animal suffer, then he could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison under Australian law.
According to Australia’s 9News, the man has been arrested at his home in Melbourne, charged with one count of destroying protected wildlife. He is said to be 43 years old.
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